Among all the possible candidates for the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, some overlook those who would be closest to the mysterious creator of Bitcoin.
Gavin Andresen was born in Melbourne in 1966, from where he moved to the United States at the age of six. While he generally keeps the beginning of his existence a secret, we do know that he attended Princeton University before graduating with a degree in computer science in 1988.
Who is Gavin Andresen?
Right after finishing his studies, he was hired as a graphics systems developer at Silicon Graphics, a large computer hardware and software company. He will spend most of his time working on the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) presentation language, which essentially makes it possible to represent 3D universes.
In 1996, Gavin Andresen left Silicon Valley to start his own company, but he continued to work on three-dimensional software for many years.
Starting in the 2000s, the developer distinguished himself by his involvement in creating software for VoIP telephony, online gaming, and credit management.
Andresen’s life changed after discovering Bitcoin in 2010. He opened his crypto faucet and soon after joined the team of developers of the first cryptocurrency. There, Gavin Andresen will code regularly with Satoshi Nakamoto as he develops one of the first token exchange systems.
After Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared, he found himself leading the BTC team and organizing a redesign of the token by creating Bitcoin Core, a more efficient modification of the code written by his creator.
Two years later, he will create the Bitcoin Foundation, of which he will become president before resigning in 2014.
As of that year, Gavin Andresen stepped back from the project but continued to advise in the shadows before completely jumping ship in 2016. However, he will create Bitcoin XT, an evolution of the token with a new block size.
After becoming highly critical of the evolution of the first cryptocurrency, he is now a strong supporter of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). He believes that BCH is closer to the original version of BTC desired by Satoshi Nakamoto and himself.
What he has said about Satoshi Nakamoto
Periodically questioned about the identity of the creator of Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen could not reveal it or make any assumptions. A hesitation that could perhaps be justified by the fact that the developer would never have met Satoshi Nakamoto.
The two men used to communicate via email, suggesting a remote working relationship. Thus, Andresen would not have the slightest idea about the true personality of the mysterious cryptogenius.
However, that all changed in 2016 when Gavin Andresen began publicly claiming that Craig Wright was in fact Satoshi Nakamoto. The thing was finally annulled when the evidence provided by the famous businessman turned out to be false.
Today I’m thinking: @aantonop is a very wise man. And: “we are all Satoshi” is such a lovely idea; he might say “yes” when asked “are you?”
3:33 p.m. meter. • May 5th. 2016
According to an article published by The Guardian, this danger led to the ex-Bitcoin developer being kicked out of the project and modifying the token’s code. The real reason for this decision? His colleagues feared that he would give access and rights to a criminal posing as Satoshi.
Keep in mind, in short, that he never claimed to be the creator of the little orange cryptocurrency.
By Leonardo Perez